Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry spoke about being selected to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday night.
Along with Henry and Kern, six other Titans were chosen as alternates: quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, cornerback Logan Ryan, safety Kevin Byard, left guard Rodger Saffold and long snapper Beau Brinkley.
Henry is in the midst of his best season as a pro. He has already surpassed his career-highs in rushing yards and touchdowns, and over the his last five games Henry has totaled 685 yards and seven touchdowns.
He currently sits as the No. 2 rusher in the NFL with 1,329 yards and is tied for the second-most touchdowns on the ground with 13.
After his selection was made official on Tuesday night, Henry spoke to NFL Network and gave plenty of credit to the guys around him.
"“I appreciate everybody voting and I’m just blessed to have my first Pro Bowl. We’ve just been working great collectively as an offense and building chemistry together with the running game and the passing game. The offensive linemen have done a great job, credit to them, my receivers, tight ends, and my fullbacks blocking. Everybody’s been doing a great job, and Tannehill’s been ballin’, receivers been doing a great job, so I’m just thankful and blessed and hopefully we can keep our positive momentum going as a team.”"
Henry has picked the perfect time to have a career year. The Alabama product is set to become a free agent in 2020 and has certainly showed his worth in 2019 as the best player on Tennessee’s offense. He has been a key reason why the team has turned its season around.
Whether it be with a tag or a new contract, the Titans would be crazy not to bring Henry back after this season. According to reports, the two sides have not spoken about a new contract yet, but that is typical for the Titans, a team that doesn’t do business during the regular season.
Henry gives the Titans an identity, and his ability to make explosive plays happen whenever the ball is in his hands isn’t something teams can find at the running back position very easily. Expect to see The King back in Nashville in 2020 and beyond.